Facts about Pit Bulls

All the facts about pit bulls you will ever need to know

They say a lie told large enough, for long enough, becomes a legend. Pit bulls have attained legendary status as notorious killers – bully breeds that have been outlawed in some areas, but as many pit bull owners can attest, this is a reputation that’s based primarily on erroneous information. Like most lies, there are kernels of truth in the misleading information that many people believe, but these facts about pit bulls reveal them to be worthy companions and loyal pets.

Some more facts about Pit bulls are, they are not descended from bulls, but they are known for having great strength and speed. The term “bull dog” came about because certain types of dogs were preferred for controlling unruly bulls that were being brought to the slaughterhouses in 18th century England. They protected the butcher until he could regain control of the dangerous bovine by latching onto the bull’s nose. The dogs were later crossbred with terriers to boost their speed and agility.

Common Pitbull Myth (Interesting facts about pit bulls)

Here’s come interesting facts about pit bulls, Although pit bulls latch onto something and don’t let go easily, it’s not because of locking jaws, as many people believe. It’s because they are tenacious and committed to the task. They simply don’t like to quit until a job is done!

Registration companies

Several breeds are called pit bulls, but only two (the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, sometimes called simply a Staffordshire Terrier) are typically named specifically in bully breed legislation. The American Kennel Club (AKC) claims there isn’t a specific pit bull “breed.” The AKC does not recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier as a legitimate breed, but lobbies against unreasonable legislation and bans on both types of dogs. The United Kennel Club (UKC) says both breeds are pit bulls, and its first breed registered was an American Pit Bull Terrier – the breed owned by the organization’s founder. He objected to the AKC’s refusal to recognize pit bulls as a breed, and this was the impetus that prompted him to establish the UKC.

Ok, so you want more facts about pit bulls well, although the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier were believed for many years to be the same type of dog, it has now been established they come from different blood lines. This is just one of many murky facts about pit bull origins. Both of these breeds, as well as other breeds that are sometimes classified as pit bulls, are thought to have originated in Greece from dogs trained by the Mollosi tribe to be warrior-like fighting dogs.

History of the APBT

During the early part of the 20th century, pit bulls were one of America’s favorite dogs, particularly well suited for children. They were loved for their loyalty and playfulness. Their popularity penetrated mass media: Pit bulls became beloved icons featured as the dog in the long-running television series The Little Rascals, on the RCA-Victor label as the dog listening to its owners voice over the phonograph speaker, and as the durable mascot for Buster Brown children shoes.

Temperament of the breed

It is true that pit bulls cause more fatalities than other breeds of dogs, but it’s also true that there less risk of being attacked in the first place. Pit bull temperament tests reveal that overall, they are obedient, eager to please, and harder to anger than many other breeds. However, it’s important to recognize that they are working dogs in need of a competent leader, good socialization, and a healthy environment and diet to keep them at their best for companionship.

Can people distinguish a pit bull?

Few people can accurately distinguish between pit bulls and other stocky, muscular breeds with broad heads and strong jaws. Inaccurate identification has led to media reports about pit bull attacks that were, in fact, committed by a different breed altogether. Dogo Argentinos, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, and Boxers are often erroneously identified as pit bulls, but there are about twenty other breeds that are often called pit bulls when they’re not. Bottom line – few people recognize enough facts about pit bulls’ appearances to accurately identify them by sight alone, and mixed breeds cause even more confusion.

As many as 200 pit bulls per day are euthanized in Los Angeles county, California, according to The Pet Collective. Yet for every pit bull that kills, there are more than 10 million that don’t.  In fact, a child is about 850 times more likely to die from abuse by a caretaker than from a pit bull attack, and around 150 times more likely to drown in a bathtub.

The most important fact to know about pit bulls is that responsible ownership is critical to counteract all the misinformation that exists about this lovable breed. Pet owners who provide their animals with a healthy diet, exhibit skilled leadership with their animals, ensure that their pups get good socialization and plenty of exercise, and who speak out against misinformation are the best kind of protection pit bulls can have from unreasonable legislation that could send them to puppy heaven prematurely.

By Kathy Batesel

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